Special Issue "Cultural Landscapes"

A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Stefan Hotes
Guest Editor
Faculty of Science and Engineering Environmental Design, Chuo University, 1-13-27 Kasuga, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-8551, Japan
Interests: ecosystem functions and ecosystem services in cultural landscapes; sustainable land management; ecology of wetlands; palaeoecology; science policy interfaces
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Prof. Dr. Tomohiro Ichinose
Guest Editor
Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University, Japan
Interests: landscape ecology and planning; rural planning

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Cultural landscapes include a broad range of landscape types that share one common feature: they have been altered from their natural state to cater to human needs. Based on this general definition, rural areas used for agriculture and forestry as well as urban areas dominated by housing, industry, and technical infrastructure fall within the category of cultural landscapes.

Much of the scientific and political debate about sustainability focuses on the way we manage cultural landscapes. To provide scientifically sound information in support of decision-making to achieve sustainable lifestyles, links between ecological, social, and economic components of cultural landscapes need to be elucidated, and feedback mechanisms that determine how they develop through time need to be quantified.

Trends towards increasing the intensity of land use in many regions of the world are contrasted by land abandonment and depopulation in others. Deliberate measures to reduce land-use intensity or to “rewild” parts of cultural landscapes are also contributing to the complexity of development trajectories. This complexity presents challenges for decision-makers aiming to balance the multiple functions of cultural landscapes. The concept of ecosystem services provides a framework for the analysis of synergies and trade-offs among the different needs of human societies in relation to cultural landscapes.

This Special Issue focuses on innovative approaches that enhance our understanding of the functioning of cultural landscapes from local to regional scales. In addition to studies on the provision of and demand for ecosystem services in rural areas, analyses of interactions along rural–urban gradients are within its scope. Contributions that integrate different scientific disciplines and collaboration with practitioners as well as evidence pertaining to the effects of technological or social innovations on ecosystem services are particularly welcome.

Dr. Stefan Hotes
Prof. Dr. Tomohiro Ichinose
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Published Papers

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